Is getting healthier at the top of your mind this month? You’re not the only one. January is a great time for reflecting on the year ahead and how you want to improve yourself. It’s also a time when many people make New Year’s resolutions to focus on their physical and mental health.
We spoke to AQ Fit Lab founder, Anne Mezzenga, to get her advice on how we can all live a healthier life. Anne is a fitness expert, having founded two Crossfit gyms in Minneapolis, and is now pioneering a new workout routine at AQ Fit Lab. It’s based on raising your athletic quotient (AQ) through intense, intelligent interval training. You can try the new routine for free at our #FitatFourpost event with AQ Fit Lab on Friday, January 18.
Here are five of her tips:
1. Add movement to your life in a way that works for you.
You don’t always have to join a gym to improve your fitness. If you can set aside five minutes at lunch to do a few push-ups or try to run every day, you’ll raise your AQ, or your physical intelligence and ability. No matter how you do it, try adding some movement into your daily routine that increases your heart rate for a few minutes.
“Our motto or mantra is to get people moving. If you can move, you’re increasing your AQ. You’re working towards increasing your health and wellness,” says Anne.
2. Figure out what makes you excited to move and do it.
If you’re having trouble getting started, find things that motivate you to move. For some people, this means treating yourself to a new workout outfit that you feel good putting on. Anne says she gets excited to move by trying out new gym shoes or getting a new gym sweatshirt. Whether it’s adding an enhancement to your bike or buying a cool, new pair of headphones, find what motivates you to move and do it.
3. Take small steps to improve your nutrition.
Like movement, you have to find what works for you. If you want to improve your nutrition, don’t try to cut things out of your diet cold turkey as that can be hard to maintain. Instead, make small modifications to one thing at a time. For example, Anne suggests that if you drink three cans of soda a day, you could try cutting it down to one can. Then note the benefits you get from small changes to your diet over time and how you feel it’s improving your overall wellness.
4. Find your community.
Having a community can go a long way to helping you improve your wellness. Your community can hold you accountable to your goals and support you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. And by being a part of a community, you can also support others as they work towards their health and wellness goals.
5. Hang in there and keep prioritizing a healthy lifestyle.
Take time to stop, reflect on your life, and make a decision to prioritize a lifestyle where fitness and wellness are key components. However, you also have to decide what your definition of these are—it isn’t the same for everyone. Figure out how much time you want to spend on your overall mental and physical wellness and prioritize that.
And don’t worry if you’re not always meeting your goals. Just keep at it. Anne says it’s “day one, not one day. Resolutions don’t have to begin on January 1, and you don’t have to wait until the next year to make another one. Allow yourself a resolution re-do, even if it takes 25 of them. Even if you can only squeeze in a five minute workout, it’s a start.”
Ready to start improving your health? Get fit at Fourpost and RSVP to the AQ Fit Lab workout at our location on Friday, January 18.
And if you need some gym essentials, we’ve got you covered. Grab a stainless steel water bottle from LAMOSE, or pick up workout gear like this black sports bra from Still Kickin and a new jacket from the Minnesota United Team Store.